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Hello from an up and coming resort or drugs capital of the south?


Everywhere you go you know for a fact you can buy drugs. Can a


troubled town turn things around? We will be going beneath the Solent to


hear how this World War I ship was sunk by a German submarine. And,


meet a mother and daughter determined to change their lives for


the better. I have a sweet tooth. I like to eat a chocolate cake, sit


down and eat a chicken dinner. This is Inside Out for the south of


England. First tonight it's become known as


the drugs capital of the south. This is Boscombe in Bournemouth where


people are gathering for a picnic with a difference. They're


remembering loved ones who have died as a result of drug addiction. The


numbers are shocking and every story a family tragedy. Marcel was an


addict herself. Her sister was one of many for whom treatment failed.


She tried. She tried. She tried every rehabilitation possible but


couldn't do it in the end. Really, that's why I had to do it. I had to


do it. Did she go to residential rehab? She did, yeah, but


unfortunately every time she came out she relapsed. Several of the


people here told me they started taking drugs as children. Started


using when I was 14 through an ex`partner that I was with. Got into


the wrong crowds after that, shoplifting, went on to prostitution


at the age of 15. Been nearly six years clean now. It's time for us to


be more open about this, you know, because it always seems there's one


in the family member that's struggling with addiction these


days. This is a mental illness that people suffer with. Islington has a


load of day centres. Unfortunately, for places like Bournemouth and


other Dorset councils and places like that, they open residential


rehabs. What happens is people from London come to these rehabs because


this is the open places we are able to get the people or support we


need. `` only places. Wharf city or town you are from they're not going


to send you to rehab in your area, the idea is to take you away from


where you are and what you are used to and bring you to a totally new


place so you don't have all them distractions. It's an explosion in


the number of people coming for treatment that many say has brought


drug dealers to the area. If you walk through Boscombe on every


street corner tlas guaranteed someone there selling drugs. ``


there's. This is the reason I want to come out because it's always in


your face. Or you have someone asking you do you know where to get


it from, it's always there in your face. It is hard to stay clean in


Boscombe, it really is. I saw someone the other day that had come


from Birmingham here to get clean, he was down here two weeks and he's


relapsed already. It's like coming to Boscombe is probably the worst


place to come. Residential treatment is recognised as the best way to get


people off drugs or alcohol dependency. But very few addicts are


offered this sort of help. In Boscombe on the wider Bournemouth


area it's estimated there are just short of 60 treatment services with


addicts referred from across the country. I am 47 years old. If it


wasn't for this place I wouldn't have made 47 at all. Rehabs are very


limited. I didn't know until I got here that Bournemouth's the capital


of rehab land in the UK. It took me five years to get here. It was a


long, long hard task of begging and pleading with doctors, I was forever


getting knocked back. When I got here I was on my knees. I came in so


yellow, bloated. The night staff on the first night prayed I wouldn't


die. I cheated death twice before, both times I was in hospital for a


month, two`and`a`half weeks in intensive care. Both occasions my


mum got took to the quiet room and told her to make the family aware I


wasn't going to make it through the day. Six months intensive treatment


in here and it has, no doubt, no doubt saved my life. While many


agree on the value of residential help, the concentration of treatment


and rehab centres on Boscombe has been blamed for attracting a


transient population with significant social issues. It's just


another day in Boscombe... Boscombe's full of drugs,


alcoholics, prostitutes. They tried ten years ago, they tried cleaning


Boscombe up and now it's just gone back to the way it was. Two women I


met at the picnic told me Boscombe's reputation is attracting drug


dealers from London. The guy that's just gone past on the bike he is a


dealer from around here, he is from London. He is part of a crew called


the A`Team, they're big in Boscombe. Nothing's really changed it's just


the people, new faces. You have new people coming ` you always know


they're from London. They're always coming from London down here and


everywhere you go you know for a fact you can buy drugs. Doesn't


matter which corner you go to there will be someone there. There's new


dealers around, it's not just new users, there's new dealers.


Everybody comes from London down here now because it's that easy to


sell drugs here. There's no doubt about the fact that there is a drug


and alcohol problem in Boscombe. People aren't necessarily trying to


hide from that. The reality you can't argue from, we are one of the


most deprived places in the UK, yet maybe only one mile away we are in


some of the wealthiest parts, it's almost that contradiction that


doesn't make sense. That's become a little bit of ` the council have to


focus on this and look at it. There are problems, you can walk up the


high street any day and you will see, whether it be drunk people or


people who have taken drugs or look like they may be living in poor


quality accommodation from a cleanliness perspective or whatever


issues, so there are problems Mark is part of a group now determined to


change Boscombe's reputation. He is hopeful about operating Galaxy which


has brought different together groups to tackle some of the area's


problems. Including buying up run`down houses and multiple


occupation and trying to turn them into family homes. There are far too


many single young men mainly living here and we really want to change


that so that we can attract families, working families to come


and live here and put down roots and really increase the feeling of


ownership that people have in Boscombe. A lovely view... You take


ten, 20, 30 years we don't know, it's been 30 or 40 years happening


this situation. So it's no good putting time limits on it. We know


that we will work on this until it's better. The biggest problem with


Boscombe is the transient population. We have a 15`20%


transient population. If we can address that we can turn Boscombe


back into what it was in the old days, which was a fantastic place


for people to come to. That's not to say it isn't that now. There are


pockets of problems. The houses of multiple occupation, the HMOs are


our biggest challenge. They're the ones populated by the transient


population. If we can deal with that, which I am working with the


MPs, working with the council, working with the police, trying to


switch off that tap to stop people coming from London into Bournemouth


with their problems, particularly drug problems. We can make Boscombe


a place that it used to be. That's not welcomed by all. Some believe


attempts to move the vulnerable out of the area is just moving problems


elsewhere. Not solving them. People have a basic human right to move


areas in this country, that's one of the joys of being a British citizen.


You can move to any area you choose. A few years ago the local authority


down here sent letters to other local authorities asking them not to


send people to Bournemouth for rehab, which I can understand.


However, they totally breached those people's human rights. I don't think


Bournemouth has a right to do that. Lorraine runs one of the oldest


established rehab centres in the area. I want to take you for a


little walk to come and see the Boscombe that I love, that people


just never ever bother to stop and take note of. Parts that people


overlook when they're looking for the addicts and the bad parts. You


will get an idea of what I mean about the beautiful houses and the


lovely area and the atmosphere of the place and the ordinary people


that live here in Boscombe. Look at this place, for instance. A few


years ago this was an absolute dump. Look how beautiful it is. Lovely


family homes. Beautifully done. Looking nice. Beautifully kept.


Terrific. You look at this park, absolutely beautiful it could be


with these beautiful houses around and then I can just imagine this in


Victorian times with prams and nannies sitting there talking in the


bandstand in the middle. It could be amazing again. I have some concern


about the downside of the clean`up project. Where are the single


parents, people on low incomes, people who are struggling to pay


rents going to go if all these properties are bought up and turned


into nice houses? What's going to happen to the more vulnerable


members of our society? I am already massively excited about Boscombe. I


lived here as a kid, went to school, I now have a four`year`old and


six`year`old, I live in Boscombe, I have two businesses in Boscombe. I


go for a walk with my dog every day on Boscombe beach. I travelled the


world for two years and I can honestly say there's not many places


better. There is a good local community. Yes, there's some


problems but most people are great. It's the people outside Boscombe


that don't get it and complain about it. People who live here and walk to


their local high street and shops and eat in their local bars and


restaurants, who can walk along one of the best beaches in the country,


we are four miles from Sandbanks, the third most expensive real estate


in the world and you can see it, it's the same water and same sand


and it's just down the coast. Doesn't make sense why Boscombe is


so bad. Or has such a bad reputation. It's actually a stunning


place to live and work. Yeah, the future's bright but it's already


amazing. This is a song for all our friends. It's the spirit of recovery


for me. E.... For people trying to solve the problems of addiction in


Boscombe, many say that the town should be proud of the lives saved


here and that as well as sad ends there have also been many new


beginnings. # When you're down and troubled and you need a helping


hand. My good friends there died in addiction through this. I am clean.


I think their deaths will save many others. That's Julie, Rick and


Tyler, caught up in addiction, didn't stand a chance. Never in


rehab. Right through to the death. God rest their souls. I spread the


message through their mistakes, others will learn and maybe beat


this addiction. I am ten months clean. Happy, I am giving myself a


chance. That's it. Laura Ansal with that report. I


would love to hear your views. Now this year sees the centenary of


World War I. It's a chance for families in the south to discover


what role their relatives played. We helped one group discover more about


a tragedy that took place just off the south coast.


Deep below the surface just a few miles south of the Isle of Wight


lies a shattered wreck. Destroyed by a German torpedo, she


lay forgotten for 100 years. But now a chance find means her story can at


last be told. And tributes paid to the men who perished in the icy cold


waters. It's 2.00 am and merchant marine Frank Gleadhill is woken by a


jolt. He is one of 28 crew on board a small steam ship, The South


Western, en route to France from Southampton. The ship is carrying


vital supplies for troops fighting in the last throws of the Great War.


But in a few hours' time, the South Western would be sunk and most of


the crew would be dead. Today, I've been invited to join a


team of marine archaeologists who are heading out to sea to rediscover


the South Western. There are more than 250 World War I


wrecks along the south coast of England alone.


They're time capsules waiting to tell the story of the huge war


effort which took place at sea. The South Western is five miles south


off St Katherine's Point and the target for our survey.


Skipper Dave Wendes spent years searching for her final resting


place. He only solved the mystery of her whereabouts when he brought up


cutlery from a site he thought had no connection. This was a fish knife


that came off it first. What was intriguing was it gave the name of


the vessel here. And it wasn't until recently I discovered that it was a


vessel owned by the same company but under a different name. That vessel


sank outside Jersey in the 1890s. They evidently salvaged a lot of its


gear which was redistributed to other ships of the company.


Secondhand cutlery. Then it was a couple of years later after that the


real clincher came up, which was these forks, knife and fork here,


which has the company crest of the London and South Western Railway


Company. This one, which is just South Western Railway motif on it.


The thing that makes it person is when you think someone, possibly at


the time of the sinking could have been holding these, these were held


by someone who lost their life. Definitely. They were in the ship


being used on a regular basis. The ship goes down. That's it. The South


Western was one of hundreds of ships commandeered for service to help


with the war effort. Men and supplies needed to be shipped from


Britain to the front line in France. But to cross the Channel merchant


ships who were particularly vulnerable, played a deadly game of


cat and mouse with German U`boats, many of which patrolled around the


Solent. The U`boats were a formidable force. 50% of all British


merchant shipping was sunk by the German campaign.


It's these wrecks archaeologists are attempting to map and survey, before


they are reclaimed by the sea. Rivo's great grand`dad Frederick


Miller drowned when the South Western went down. Fred from


Southampton left behind a wife and five children. He has a very warm


and friendly face, I think. That's a small pipe he is holding, as well.


He looks very happy and very... Almost Santa`like. He has that round


face and happy eyes, I think. What Seems a shame he was taken away from


his family while some children were so very young. What Riva doesn't


know is we have unearthed an eyewitness account of exactly what


happened on the night the South Western was lost. It's all thanks to


this man, Frank Gleadhill, a crewmate of her grandfather and one


of the few survivors. Riva's never seen the account, until now. OK, so,


you said that you weren't aware that there were survivors. Not


originally, it was recently I discovered there were survivors. And


we have survivors' reports which will hopefully give you more of an


insight of what happened. I woke up feeling unwell... I felt a jar


throughout the ship which caused me to go on deck... What's happening? I


asked what was the matter and was told something suspicious was about


about. Then I heard the Captain shout out to keep a sharp look out


on both sides of the ship. At this moment the torpedo struck our ship


on the starboard side. Both number one and number two had disappeared


from the platform. They knew that was it, they knew they were fighting


for survival now. Help, help! They didn't have long, once that torpedo


had struck the ship went down in something like eight minutes. I saw


a lifeboat floating and swam to her and was able to pull myself up. We


both remained there until we were rescued at 6.00 am. It sort of


brings it home more. It's a personal account. Before most of what I had


seen was just a list of facts. This is experiences and it's just a total


different way of thinking about the whole event. It would have been


freezing cold. The idea that you know you are going down must be


terrifying. It's almost being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's


almost sheer bad luck. It is, yes. Very much bad luck. The fact that


you happen to be in the sights of the U`boat Captain and they get it


right at the wrong time really. Joan Shergold is another great grandchild


of Frederick Miller. Can you see the torch there? Yeah. Gradually more


will become clear. Joan was keen to see the marine archaeologist's


footage of the ship and even more surprised when she discovered her


family was a lot larger than she realised. You don't necessarily


associate these things until sudden suddenly it hits you, absolutely


amazing. Nearly 100 years ago... 100 years ago has put me in touch with a


family that I didn't really know that I had. Here we are sitting


nearly 100 years on talking about it. You are wear wearing a ring


which belonged to him. Came to me from my father and he said I don't


like to see you walking around without a ring on your finger and


three children, he said. I put it on. I suddenly realised I was


sitting twisting it one night, and I remembered hearing my father say


that, it belonged to my father. He gave it to his son... He gave it to


his son. The survey of the South Western is complete. The


archaeologists will use this data to help create a permanent record of


every World War I wreck in the area. I have been wanting to dive this


wreck for a long time now. I was looking on the chart before I went


in and you see the cabins for the carpenter, the Stokers and you


realise those guys, that was their home. Men died down there and we


must never forget that. You go on these wrecks and it's very exciting


but a lot of people go down with them. It's very dramatic. And quite


moving to really appreciate those events almost 100 years ago and yet


there's still material there that can take us back in touch with those


times and the things those people went through. I think it's a good


thing that there's a tangible piece of evidence that they were there.


The trouble with a lot of them is the fact there isn't a grave you can


go to, being lost at sea must be even worse. You haven't got anything


but if you know there is a wreck there and you know where it is then


you think that's the point of their demise, that's where they are.


And don't forget there's plenty more online. Finally, you might remember


last year we looked at obesity levels here in the south. At the


time we asked if any of you wanted to change your lives for the better.


A mum and daughter from Worthing got in touch and we have been following


them ever since. Veg, potatoes. I love all the wrong


foods. I have a sweet tooth. I like to eat rather eat a chocolate cake


than eat a chicken dinner, that's being totally honest that's because


of my cravings for sweet things and I can't get over that. Well,


couldn't I should say. I have done slimming World Weightwatchers. Slim


Fast, I have done the Atkins Diet. Cabbage soup diet, banana and water


diet, all the quick`fixes, I have done it and tried it and failed at


it miserableably because I have not been in the frame of mind to want it


that bad enough. I have always known it's a problem but I think I have


been in denial and that's a major thing. If you can't change your


mindset about wanting to lose weight you will always be big. Jackie's


changing now. Fresh chicken is in the oven and vegetables are heading


into the steamer. Jackie's daughter Hannah has agreed to join the new


food regime but does she have any regrets? To be honest I really


don't. If I was to pick one thing I don't think I would be able to


because I don't miss anything. Lifestyle change number two? They've


joined a gym. With Hannah at just over 17 stone and her mum tipping


the scales at 23`and`a`half, how much weight does Jackie aim to lose


I want to half my body weight. I want to be 12 stone or just under.


Jackie has one item of clothing she dreams of fitting into. The oning


thing I have never been able to buy or wear and it's not what you think,


it's a pair of Wellingtons. I have never been able to wear them. My


legs have been too big. I can't wait for that day to get a pair of


Wellingtons. Six months and one particularly


fetching hair`do for Hannah later, we catch up with our girls at


Chessington World of Adventure. They have visited theme parks before but


Jackie has always been too big to fit into the seats so has never


ridden a rollercoaster, until today, that is.


We have just been on the vampire ride and to fit in the seat, I am


ecstatic. I want to go on it again it was that good. I screamed the


whole way around. It was really fun. I said you would fit in. You did. I


should have more confidence. You want to go on everything now.


Totally. That was six months ago. But we


caught up with them last week in their new gym. Working out like


they've done, injuries permitting, all year. To be honest I am a bit


shocked it's been a year, it's passed so quickly. I started off


being fat. And now I am not as fat. Last year when I started this


journey I weighed just over 23`and`a`half stone. Today I am four


stone`ish lighter. Size 22, gone from a 32. I am very proud of myself


for doing that. Hannah has lost three stone. That makes her four


sizes smaller on the outside but she says she's also changed on the


inside, too. I feel a lot more confident in myself. Over the summer


I wore a dress with no sleeves in it and I didn't have a cardigan on


which is the first time I have done something like that. I was proud of


myself to get that far. I am proud of her. She's done well especially


with the back problems she has now, so we will fight this. Fight the fat


as they say and we will win. Get move moving! It's only you stopping


yourself doing it. Make any decisions you can bausz if you want


to change you can `` because if you want to change you can. You need the


willpower and once you have that you need to keep it up.


And that just goes to prove what happens when you get in touch. Don't


forget the e`mail: That's it for this week. I will see


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